Posted On: 01/19/18 11:00 PM
Prep Hoops Kentucky checked out what Louisville had to offer tonight by way of Western High School, where the Western Warriors took on the visiting Doss Dragons. Doss defeated Western 83-70, a tune-up of sorts for their boy’s Louisville Invitational Tournament semifinal match-up against Fern Creek tomorrow. Here we give you our five takeaways from the game.
1.) Western High School plays extremely hard and is fun to watch – Longtime Louisville Prospects AAU coach Jay Jones is in his first year at Western and I have no doubt the Warriors will see growth in the coming years. Western is led in scoring by a sophomore, guard Neairon Finisson, who is averaging 10.5 points per game. His older brother Deion, a senior, is averaging 7.5 points and 3 rebounds a game and should be on some prep school and JUCO radars. It was a joy at times watching the Warriors press, also. When players were taking away space with arms up and out and flying to their spots, Western was creating turnovers and scoring opportunities. Good things coming their way!
2.) Stephon Franklin probably needs more love – Doss’ Franklin is darn near unstoppable attacking in transition and downhill in the half-court. Add on his ability to knock down spot-up 3’s, Franklin is going to make some small college basketball team a winner. NAIA or D-II prospect, easy.
3.) DaRon Washington continues to improve – Doss’ senior big man Washington can rebound, run the floor, face up and shoot it in the post, and is very active on both ends of the floor. I love him.
4.) Meith Reclow has potential – Reclow’s length and athleticism is tailor made for success, it’s just a matter of it all coming together. Has shown signs of being able to knock down the 15 foot jumper consistently throughout the year and getting bigger/stronger will allow him the opportunity to be a true inside and outside player. Could be a scary rebounder one day.
5.) Doss can contend in the 6th Region – and we’ll find out soon enough. They’ve played defending regional champion Fern Creek once already this year, falling at Creek 64-79. Tomorrow’s game in the semifinals of the LIT vs. the Tigers again will be an opportunity to prove their worth.